I found it interesting to read this morning that Nissan Motors has announced their first all-electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf. Scheduled to be available next year, the company says the car has a range of 100 miles/160 km, while producing zero emissions. The company chose to skip past producing hybrid vehicles, focusing instead on what they hope will be the first affordable mass market electric car available in US, Europe and Japan starting next year.
What will the cost of the car be? Nissan hasn’t said, but Wired Magazine predicts 25,000 to 30,000 $. Of course those who pay close attention to government policy will already be factoring in relevant alternative energy tax credits that could lower the cost for consumers. As far as charging time, the report in the LA Times claims: Recharging will take less than a half-hour (to 80% charge) using a high-capacity charger, Nissan says, and about 8 hours using a home charger running at 200 Volts.
Funfact: Nissan just moved its global headquarters back to Yokohama, where it was originally founded in 1933. Yokohama, of course, also the location for TBLI CONFERENCE™ ASIA 2009 and 2010.